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Thread: How Is Butternut Wood For Turning?

  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Keeton View Post
    Daner, sweet haul! I wish I was there - love butternut!
    Hi John here's some of that butternut finished.....It dried preaty fast
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    Nice, Daner - very nice!! Amazing coincidence, though - I just received a nice, large chunk of butternut from fellow creeker, Jerry Rhoads! I will take care of the thank you in other ways, but thanks, Jerry!!

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    The grain in that piece is great. How big of a bowl is that? Hard to tell from the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Eaton View Post
    The grain in that piece is great. How big of a bowl is that? Hard to tell from the picture.
    It's 19"......I'm going to ware It when I cut the grass this summer....I think it will keep the sun outa my eyes

  5. #20
    Great looking supply of Butternut Danner. Could make 100's of things with that.
    "If a tree falls in the forrest, and no one is around, do you make a bowl out of it?" (Jerry Rhoads)

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    Reviving an old thread here, as I had a chance to turn some kiln dried butternut over the weekend. It turned out pretty nice, but I found it an unusual wood to work with -- it is very light, and somewhat soft. It's finicky. End-grain took real care and I found that everything just needed a light touch to get good results. Also, it didn't want to be sanded with the lathe in reverse created slight un-eveness and fuzzies. That was new to me.

    When I looked at this thread prior to doing the turning, I was surprised to see the wood called "white walnut" because it doesn't seem to have any of the properties of walnut (which I love to turn), which is much denser, harder, and IMO easier to turn. BUT, then I sanded the piece and put some finish on it, and I laughed because it LOOKS exactly like a lighter version of walnut. Anyway, very interesting and fun all in all.

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    It looks very nice. Good work!

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    A couple pics of the Butternut I recently received from Forest2Home. I have never worked with Butternut and I am looking forward to doing some intarsia projects to start with and turn some pens for friends and family.
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    Last edited by Keith Outten; 10-02-2021 at 8:53 AM.

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